Mad Men Actress January Jones Told Not To Workout

by Shannon on August 10, 2010

Thirty two year old actress January Jones stars in the award winning television drama Mad Men and has helped draw a lot of media attention to the popular show as well as attention to the ongoing debate of the ideal look for women.  Jones, who plays housewife Betty Drapery on the television series, says that the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, tells all of the women on the show to avoid strenuous exercise because it can cause too much muscle definition. He makes this request in order to maintain the look the early 1960s women aspired to.

Apparently they (the show as a whole) are creating quite a public stir by making such a request of their actresses.  However, the public seems to find it refreshing that someone on television recognizes the appeal of natural curves over stick thin, bony, sometimes borderline anorexic looking figures.

Even Britain’s Equalities Minster, Lynne Featherstone, has stated that she believes the voluptuous women of Mad Men should be the true role models of young children.

This lifestyle does not seem to be bothering Miss Jones any.  She likes the idea of having a full figure.

“He would prefer we didn’t work out and that we eat really well, so we look like healthy women,” she says. “It’s okay to have curves and be a woman.  I wish more women could realize that’s what men like.”

Last year, show producers said that Jones was too thin, but the actress says that she actually enjoys her curves now that she has found them. She enjoys her beer and carbs equally as well.


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